'Undoubtedly stupid': Fans divided over Champions League drama

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Yannick Carrasco (pictured right) going down in the box under a dubious challenge (pictured left) from César Azpilicueta.
Atletico Madrid fans were fuming after Yannick Carrasco (pictured right) went down in the box under a dubious challenge (pictured left) in the Champions League tie against Chelsea. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

The football world is divided over a controversial moment in the first half between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League when the Spaniards were denied a penalty.

With Chelsea 1-0 up in the tie and playing at home, the match got off to a blistering start with the Premier League team dominating possession.

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But after the dust settled, Atletico Madrid clawed their way back into the game and some fans feel hard done by after a moment of madness from César Azpilicueta.

The defender passed the ball back to Edouardo Mendy, but panicked after realising the ball had put his goal keeper under pressure.

Yannick Carrasco seized on the opportunity and rushed to put Mendy under pressure.

But in a controversial moment, Azpilicueta decided to wrap his arm around the Atletico winger in an attempt to slow him down.

Carrasco went down under the touch, albeit softly, but no penalty was given and the ref did not check the moment on VAR as play continued.

The contact had many calling for a penalty considering the winger was attempting to intercept the ball.

Others felt it would have been harsh to award a penalty, but agreed it was silly of Azpilicueta to even reach for the opponent.

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Chelsea take advantage of Atletico misfortune

The missed opportunity came back to haunt Atletico Madrid as Chelsea capitalised on a wonderful counter attack.

Timo Werner charged down the left hand side before squaring the ball to Hakim Ziyech who slotted it home under the hand of Oblak.

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